Rose, Pushes For Increased Funding To Support NYC Counterterrorism Programs
Congressmen Max Rose (D-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Peter King (NY-3) joined by the entire New York City delegation, are leading a push to fully fund Homeland Security programs that support New York City.
The Representatives are specifically calling for:
$662 million for the Urban Area Security Initiative, compared to current funding level of $640 million, and $426 million requested in the Administration’s budget proposal;
$250 million for the Port Security and $250 million for Transit Security Programs, compared to current funding level of $100 million for each program, and $36 million requested in the Administration’s budget proposal for each program;
$562.9 million for the State Homeland Security Grant, compared to current funding level of $525 million, and $331 million requested in the Administration’s budget proposal;
$35 million for the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant, compared to current funding level of $10 million, and zero funding in the Administration’s budget proposal;
$50 million for the Presidential Residence Protection Grant, compared to current funding level of $41 million, and zero funding in the Administration’s budget proposal; and
$50 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which is part of the Urban Area Security Initiative listed above.
The push comes as the Trump Administration looks to cut $587 million from current homeland security spending, including $36 million that went to guarding his own building near the United Nations, according to the New York Daily News. The cuts were proposed as part of the White House spending plan released last month.
“We write to urge the committee to support full funding for programs critical to protecting America’s cities in the FY2020 Homeland Security appropriations bill. New York City continues to be the nation’s top target for terrorists seeking to inflict damage on the American people, as well as its economy and infrastructure. Prevention requires the collaboration of local agencies and federal partners to deter threats in an ever evolving landscape. Federal investment is a crucial component to the success of these efforts,” wrote the New York Representatives in a letter to committee leadership.
Joining Rose and King in this effort are New York Representatives Grace Meng, Jerrold Nadler, Kathleen Rice, Hakeem Jeffries, Adriano Espaillat, Thomas Suozzi, José Serrano, Gregory Meeks, Eliot Engel, Carolyn Maloney, Yvette Clarke, Nydia Velazquez, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.